Note from the editor: This posting was originally intended to be published in response to Nelson Mandela’s death, but has been delayed due to some health issues. Moshe is now back in front of his writer’s desk and says “It’s never too late to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela because his contributions transcend time.”
“Hate clouds the mind.”
Nelson Mandela lived an entire lifetime based on those words. Condemned to prison for years, he became a lifetime friend with the prison warden. After his release, he did not allow members of his own party to sway him from his policy of nonviolence in achieving his goals. As president of his nation, he created a process of healing and reconciliation that enabled him to leave after a single term, demonstrating to the world how a democracy should work.
But the real test of Nelson Mandela’s greatness will be now that he is gone. His associates had many questions about his philosophy of non-violence. While he was alive, they went along with it. But there are still many problems in South Africa, much disparity between rich and poor. Only time will tell if Mandela’s successors will have the fortitude to hold to those principles of non-violence that Mandela lived. If they do, then Mandela’s legacy will stand as an example for generations, perhaps ensuring the eventual establishment of a world truly at peace